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 Post subject: Classic anorak
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:11 am 
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With spring coming hopefully sooner rather than later, I'm in need of a lightweight jacket that repels rain and cuts down on wind. I have a Carhartt waterproof-breathable jacket, but after losing weight, it's too big for me. A classic anorak comes to mind as a replacement.

I like the idea of a non-synthetic cotton anorak that resembles vintage models. This one looks perfect to me, although I'd prefer a green or navy color as opposed to tan: http://www.backcountry.com/roark-reviva ... erralID=NA

Are you guys aware of any other brands to consider?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:27 am 
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I always liked the look of these:

http://store.artintheage.com/brands/bat ... tmnW33A5aQ
https://www.blkblu.com/products/bw-packable-anorak
https://independence-chicago.com/brands ... portswear/

Or secondhand market:
There's a few on https://www.grailed.com/ - search for Battenwear

Then again, if you're thinking secondhand, the LL Bean version seems to be plentiful:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/L-L-Bean-Vintag ... SwzgRWyQ8B

And the Battenwear model, to my eye, looks like a cleaned up/ modernized version of what Bean was doing way back when. I like both for their simplicity, as it's probably a tough look to pull off if there's a lot going on with the pockets and fasteners and stuff.

Have you considered a standard 60/40? Might do what you're looking for

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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:39 am 
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Thanks for all the links. The cotton Battenwear models look intriguing.

Am I off-base in thinking of opting for cotton over nylon? I like the Roark because it seems more vintage (styled after what Hillary wore) and it's a waxed cotton. The all-nylon ones aren't as appealing to me aesthetically, but maybe I'm not considering nylon's weatherproof capabilities enough.

Please remind me what a 60/40 is.

These anoraks seem really expensive for what you get. $250 for essentially a nylon windbreaker?


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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:00 am 
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60/40s (60 percent cotton/40 percent nylon exterior) were THE outdoor jacket once upon a time, they figured heavily in the shaggy prep look of the 70s and 80s that our man Heavy Tweed Jacket loves so much. I believe they were originated by Sierra Designs, and then knocked off by just about everybody else from Bean to Woolrich.

Here's some blog on the current Sierra Designs:
http://www.utahoutside.com/2014/04/sier ... ka-review/

And an example from the HTJ archives:
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More of that goodness here: http://tweed232.rssing.com/chan-6217567/all_p1.html

As for Battenwear, yeah I've liked their stuff for awhile but never bought anything because, as you say, it's not cheap. They're part or the #menswear curated Americana scene, so you're paying for that, but also most things are well styled and made in the USA (so you're paying for that too).

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:09 am 
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And he does a whole post on 60/40s in page 2 of the linked RSS feed, those are a few gems from said post.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:14 am 
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^ Ah, I see. Yes, that might also be a jacket to consider. Thanks again for the links.

A couple photos from the book "Vintage Menswear" by Sims, Luckett and Gunn are what inspired me to go down the anorak track:

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^ A 1950s Thor walking smock (made from ventile)

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^ A WWII Special Boat Service anorak (this one is a little too primitive for my tastes)


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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
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Here's a military-styled anorak in a poly/cotton twill. What do you think of this one, LC?

http://www.mcguirearmynavy.com/Hooded-A ... he-US.html


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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:50 am 
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It's not bad, but I question how much wear you would get out of it.

What I was thinking would make more sense is something like the other model your linked site is selling:
http://www.mcguirearmynavy.com/Hooded-S ... e-USA.html

(Of course it costs more, and the color options are bad)

But It's cleaner, simpler, and less "weird." As this is fairly non-standard jacket style (for daily wear in most regular environments) I would look to downplay it a little bit to avoid looking costume-like.

If I may present an example:
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My stepmom loves thrift and discount shopping even more than I do, and has developed a rather large collection of jackets for guests to use in my folks country place. I grabbed this one in a pinch during a really rainy day once a few years ago. It's basically the same style that you're talking about in your examples, military surplus, lots of pockets, designed to be a little oversized. Granted I would never choose one of these in this color, and would have opted for a smaller size, it's still not really something that I would wear that often even if it fit better and were in a more basic navy or dark green. In a pinch (and a downpour) it was great, but I can't really imagine wearing something like that in other circumstances.

This is all just one man's opinion though.

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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:27 am 
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I envision using it on days when there is a threat of rain, but not so cool as to make me grab something heavier.

I guess the 60/40 holds less appeal for me because I already have a Barbour Bedale.

What I have in mind is something like your photo above, LC, or the one below from "Take Ivy." It seems to me there is an Ivy Style precedent for this kind of garment, even if it leans toward military or hiker style.

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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:57 am 
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Love that Take Ivy shot, a simple and clean anorak like I was talking about, well fitted and great details (those raglan shoulders!).

I went down a bit of a rabbit hole following this thread when I found out that Patagonia makes their torrentshell rain slicker in a pullover anorak style. Unfortunately the current model seems to only be available in some pretty ghastly two tone versions though. Anyways, while digging around for older ones I found this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Patagonia-Mens- ... SwoBtW3iep

Kind of love it, and I think it sorta falls right in between the two things we were talking about.

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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
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The Patagonia on eBay is closer to what I have in mind, although I think I'd prefer buttons to velcro (for a more vintage vibe), and a different color.

What do you think of a poly/cotton blend vs. 100% waxed cotton vs. 100% poly for breathability and rain repellency?


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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:47 pm 
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Aw, I love a good classic bright yellow rain slicker.

As for waxed cotton vs. cotton/poly or just poly - I honestly never really associated Waxed Cotton with anything other than Barbour styles, but if you're looking for something vintagey it would work. Either one would keep you dry and that's the most important thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
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I have also been looking into Anoraks as spring begins. I will probably just go with something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Charles-River-Men ... 7X5Q101ZGD

Not as classic as those posted, but a lot cheaper (than the super cool ones) and a little more classic (and warmer) than the Patagonia model being discussed. I imagine wearing this on the weekend, grocery trips, or days when it is raining so hard that my umbrella will not be enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
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Great pick Ox! At those prices you sorta have to figure that it's not made in the States, but they still look great, and I love the Boston shout out in the company name.

Also, as much as I love the stripe, the sold colored version offered by the same people looks almost exactly like the one featured in Take Ivy. It even has the same raglan shoulders.

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 Post subject: Re: Classic anorak
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We're on the same page as the guy from Die Workwear:
http://dieworkwear.com/post/14086808753 ... ing-anorak

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